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It has been more than 30 years since the late, great Carl Sagan took to the airwaves to talk about how our future as a species depends powerfully on our understanding of the cosmos, which we float in like a mote of dust. The original Cosmos debuted in 1980 and inspired a generation of scientists and science nerds alike. Now the series is back with Neil deGrasse Tyson at the helm, and Fox has released a new companion app for Android that can help you explore the majesty and unbelievable scale of the cosmos while watching the show.

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The app itself contains expanded information, trailers, galleries, and other tidbits from each episode. It looks like new sections unlock as new episodes air, so there's just one to go through now. There are also some moderately annoying ad tie-ins – check out this awesome image of the sun... presented by Jeep. The app is only showing as compatible with phones right now, but the screens have tablet frames. Presumably this is a mistake that will be rectified soon.

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You can't watch full episodes in the cosmos app, but they will be in the Fox Now streaming app soon for free, assuming you have a compatible cable subscription (yes, it's lame). The legacy of Cosmos has lasted all these years, and now we have the chance to dive in again with updated science, better visuals, and apps. This isn't the most full-featured companion app I've ever seen, but it's a start.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Christopher Bement

    FYI, for those who also cut the cord, Hulu seems to have full episodes for free.

    • Fadakar

      Excellent news, thank you for the heads up!

    • Brendan Dillon

      Seriously, I shouldn't need a cable subscription to watch something on my phone that I can watch on TV for free.

    • http://blake.pm Blake Mitchell

      As much as this show is about visuals, I worry about the quality Hulu can deliver.

      • Christopher Bement

        There's the ever-present choice to weigh anchor. Quality is the reason I don't ever use Hulu, but so far it's the only place I've found it streaming free.

      • MeCampbell30

        The real question is whether the FOX NOW app has better quality than Hulu. They are probably going to be equivalent.

        • http://blake.pm Blake Mitchell

          I expect them to be equally horrible.

  • jayray78

    Does it Chromecast?

    • http://google.com/+derekross Derek Ross

      No, but Hulu Plus does just fine. I'll be watching tonight after work.

      • jayray78

        Its on Hulu+? Cool. I'll be looking for it. Thanks Derek.

  • Scott Warner

    Looks like their fix for no tablet compatibility was to change the images to a Galaxy S4 instead of a tablet. Hooray.

  • Thomas Ramsay

    its US ONLY if your in another country

    • squiddy20

      I might be mistaken, but isn't the show "US Only" anyway? So wouldn't it make sense that a TV show that is aired only in the US, has a companion app that is available only in the US? Otherwise, you'd be getting a minuscule portion of the entire experience (assuming my first question is true).

      • Chris Cromwell

        this isn't a US only show. Its going to played world wide on Nat Geo.

      • 123534

        It's airing in 181 countries...

      • SlasH3R

        it aint us only !

        • squiddy20

          Ok. Got it. Got it from the first 2 responses. Thank you. Geez.

      • Thomas Ramsay

        The show is shown in Canada on Fox and Natgo HD

    • Luis Felipe Londoño

      * you're

    • k

      The Pirate Bay. Worldwide.

  • zero

    apk anybody?

  • Kevin Laing

    Not available in your country!

  • ddh819

    is the first cosmos episode available in the app now? it wasn't last night.

  • S_Dot

    What's up with those permissions?

  • Kiryn Silverwing

    Why in the world does the Fox app require a cable subscription to watch the episodes, when you can watch them on Fox.com for free without needing a cable subscription?

    (It has a link on the bottom to log in with your cable provider's info, but I watched half the episode before I even realized that was there.)

    • hp420

      Convenience. While there's a good chance you'll find someone here who has a computer hooked up to their TV so they can watch the streaming videos on Fox.com in their living room, once you leave the nerd-dom you'll be hard pressed to find someone. Most people are willing to pay a few bucks to have access anywhere they go, with a full HD picture, but it's just not as convenient to watch on your computer, so most people won't....so that's where they give you access just so they can say "...but we let you use it for free on your computer!!!"

  • Scott Breitbach

    Is it ironic that the Fox Now app is available on all my devices except my Google TV?

  • kabloink

    Does the app really need a constantly running service.

  • Frederico Silva

    Could anyone upload the apk? (For the sake of science outside the US)

  • hp420

    When will these cable networks realize there's far more money to be made by offering a $5 monthly subscription fee for access to the streaming app without a cable subscription?? Sure, still offer free access to those who do have cable, but just give us an option to subscribe to the app without cable!! They would even be able to offer streaming to foreign customers, then, as well. I'll never understand why they work the way they do...it makes absolutely no sense to have it be exclusive and limit the viewers. Call me crazy, but I'd want to reach the most amount of people I could if I were in their shoes.

    Or they could just be like CBS and just give everyone free access, across the board ;)

    • atlouiedog

      Fox isn't even a cable network. I pulled in Cosmos from Fox via antenna which was then recorded as a nice HD copy on my HDD. It amazes me that they require people to subscribe to cable to get access to an ad supported streaming version when they freely broadcast it through the air to devices (HTPC, Tivo, others) that can easily skip the commercials.

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